VENUE TYPE: Boat / Yacht / Yacht Club

Live Out Your Most Unique Tropical Fantasies with a Stay at an Underwater Suite
Jake Kilroy
REPORT
No. 27038
VENUE:
The Manta Resort
LOCATION:
Pemba Island
TYPE
STYLE
SETTINGS
Underwater Room
Tropcial
Remote Island
REPORTER: Jake Kilroy

 

We’ve all dreamed about life under the sea. Catchy Disney songs aside, we’ve grown up fantasizing about holding our breaths longer—or simply being able to breathe like a fish—so we could stay the cool wilderness of an underwater world. Such a power would give us the opportunity to explore deep sea caves, witness existence in the depths of the ocean, behold some of the most colorful wildlife on the planet, and meditate in an expansive, noiseless, and relaxing space. This week’s #BirthdayBucketList is about finally making good on that wild hope.

At The Manta Resort on Tanzania’s Pemba Island, you get the closest you ever will to your wish. Here, you can stay underwater for hours, days, or weeks! That's because off the coast is a breathtaking underwater room of windows with a very soft bed in it. Turquoise waves roll around the Swedish-engineered floating structure just above the reef floor, and you get to be a part of it. You get to live underwater without having to worry about oxygen levels. Simply put, it’s the hotel room we’ve always dreamed of, ever since we were kids.

 

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Birthday Bucket List: Have Your Next Bday Dinner on a Floating Oyster Bar in New York
Jake Kilroy
REPORT
No. 26997
VENUE:
Grand Banks Oyster Bar
LOCATION:
New York
TYPE
STYLE
SETTINGS
Floating Oyster Bar
Historic Wooden Schooner
New York Waterfront
REPORTER: Jake Kilroy

 

This week’s #BirthdayBucketList is New York City’s favorite oyster bar. Where to score the best oysters in the Big Apple is debatable, but as far as ambiance goes, it’s downright impossible to beat Grand Banks Oyster Bar—and that’s because it’s hosted on a revitalized mid-century wooden ship known as the Sherman Zwicker.

Watching a sunset sink its fiery skin into the ocean from the New York City waterfront should be—and likely is—on everyone's bucket list. In the warmer seasons, is there a better way to appreciate the good life than toasting your friends or family with a rich blend of grand colors before you and the greatest city skyline ever behind you? No, probably not. Plus, there’s a cocktail menu and oysters!

 

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A Rain Filled Ceremony And Royal Lily Of The Valley Bouquet To Rival Kate Middleton
Alyssa Brown
REPORT
No. 26950
VENUE:
Palmetto Bluff
LOCATION:
Bluffton
TYPE
STYLE
SETTINGS
Magical Riverfront
Sweetly Southern
Bluff-side Elegance
REPORTER: Alyssa Brown

We’ve found the Southern glory land of giant oak trees, adorable little houses with giant front porches, and plenty of charming hospitality. The best part? You can get married right smack dab in the middle of this romantic South Carolina getaway.

Montage Palmetto Bluff is situated on 20,000 acres of pristine South Carolina coastal marsh. There are about 50 little cottages making up the luxury resort, all saddled up right to nature’s doorstep. Days here are spent fly-fishing, biking through the trails, paddling down the river, horseback riding, and doing just about any other outdoor activity you can think of. And if hanging out in a rocking chair with a good book is more your speed, that’s always an option too.

Since nearly everything Tara Guerard Soiree gets her hands on designing ends up on wedding Pinterest inspiration boards around the world, we were thrilled to be able to chat with her about this gorgeous wedding she did at Montage Palmetto Bluff. With Corbin Gurkin behind the lens on these photos, we can’t imagine a more beautiful capture of this lush, historic property.

 

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There's Romance in the Air on Tall Ship Elissa
Jake Kilroy
REPORT
No. 26707
VENUE:
Dinner Party on the 1877 Tall Ship Elissa
LOCATION:
Galveston, Texas
TYPE
STYLE
SETTINGS
Boat / Yacht / Yacht Club
Romantic Childhood Dream Wedding
One-Of-A-Kind Historic and Charming Tall Ship
REPORTER: Jake Kilroy

A Bride At Sea

Older, wiser, and with saltier blood than most, a ship captain’s daughter planned her dream wedding alongside her childhood friend (both seen in a cloud-gray Vivienne gown and a Delilah gown with ivory overlay and antique slip). The two worked together to weave in all the elements that would honor the bride’s favorite memories of grand horizons while on the ship at sea. They chose the most perfect and unique venue setting imagineable, The 1877 Tall Ship Elissa 

 

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A luxury African river safari : Chobe River, Namibia, Africa
Katie David Bush
REPORT
No. 6839
VENUE:
Zambezi Queen
LOCATION:
Cape Town, Western Cape
TYPE
STYLE
SETTINGS
Boat / Yacht / Yacht Club
Floating Luxury Safari
Lush African River Wild
REPORTER: Katie David Bush
A luxury African river safari : Chobe River, Namibia, Africa
A luxury African river safari : Chobe River, Namibia, Africa
A luxury African river safari : Chobe River, Namibia, Africa

The Report

"Sailing down the Chobe is like being part of an epic movie with nature as the star", reports one of the guests who experienced the magic of this boutique boat and floating venue. The journey to the Zambezi Queen, moored serenely on the banks of the Chobe River in Namibia, evokes a bit of Jules Verne’s epic travel tome “Around the World in 80 Days.” Technological innovation including the advent of steam travel allowed dashing English gent Phineas Fogg, the unheard of ability to possibly circumnavigate the globe in a scant 80 days. Can you imagine asking for 80 days of PTO for a little rest and relaxation? In our day and age, of course, we can reach the other side of the world in mere hours. While utterly miraculous as far as rendering the world a more intimate place, it removed a bit of the undercurrent of courage many of our predecessors needed in order to simply embark on their journey. The valor needed to carve swarthy paths through uncharted waters is left mostly to the professional adventurers and daredevils while we nourish our spirits with their awesome exploits on YouTube. And for the most part, that’s just fine with us. You have to want to go. Africa needs to call to some base part of you that cannot be sated anywhere else. The journey to the Zambezi Queen, requires multiple plane changes, automobiles and potentially a small boat. Yet, therein the journey lies the magic. Every moment spent in travel is worth it’s weight in gold upon arrival to your final destination.

Unlike a land-based lodge, the Zambezi Queen allows for an entire stretch of river to be explored from a vantage point making for incredible game viewing. And rightly so, as the banks of the Chobe National Park boast one of the densest populations of elephant on the African continent – currently estimated at approximately 120 000. The Park is also home to a large number of buffalo, leopards, lions along with a variety of antelope and abundant birdlife. OH MY. The jewel of the Chobe River shines bright in the afternoon sun. The bright white exterior catching and reflecting the sunlight much like the great expanse of a white sand beach. Imagine floating down sparkling, sunlit African waters, docking on the serene beaches of the most beautiful countries along the coast, and then ending the day in your luxurious 5-star suite. Throw in world class dining, spa-side cocktails, a candlelit massage, and you can only be on the Zambezi Queen. The experience of stepping out onto your suite’s private balcony as the Chobe River rushes directly below your feet is unmatched anywhere else in the world.

HOW WILL MY GUESTS GET HERE?: The nearest access point for the Zambezi Queen is Kasane. There are flights from Johannesburg to Kasane daily.

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